1819.048: Sermon before the Young Men's Missionary Society of Richmond.

Published: 1819

Full Title: The instrumentality of man, employed in propagating the gospel: a missionary sermon, by John H. Rice. Published for the benefit of the Young Men’s Missionary Society of Richmond. With an appendix, containing the constitution of the society; the first annual report; and an address to the young men of Virginia.

Author: Rice, John Holt (1777-1831).

Place Issued: Richmond

Issuing Press: William Waller Gray at Franklin Press

Description: 40 pgs.; 22 cm. (8vo).


Rice, a prominent Presbyterian evangelical and religious editor, provided the impetus for the formation of this missionary society; its members included the Richmond print-trade figures John Boyce (bookseller), Philip DuVal (printer-publisher), William Lownes (bookbinder), and Nathan Pollard (printer-publisher); this title appears to be Pollard's introduction to the trade, as he succeeded Gray as proprietor of the Franklin Press about a year after this item issued. A multiple part imprint' the missionary sermon was "Delivered, by appointment of the Board of Missions, of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, on the 24th of May, 1819" [p. 3], with Rice signing an introduction dated June 16, 1819 [p. 4]; his sermon [p. 5-21] is followed by "Extracts from the minutes of the first annual meeting" [p. 23-25[, the society's constitution [p. 26-29], a list of its 102 members [p. 29-30], the society's first annual report [p. 31-36], and an address to the young men of Virginia [p. 37-40], by its managers. All of the parts of this item after Rice's sermon were issued under new title page (1819.049) as publicity for this new missionary effort.

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